Mike Fleming over at Deadline hears that ‘Gone Girl’ duo Ben Affleck and David Fincher are to re-team for a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock suspense masterpiece ‘Strangers On A Train,’ with ‘Gone Girl’ author Gillian Flynn in talks to pen the script.
Based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, the original starred Farley Granger as Guy Haines, a tennis pro trapped in an unhappy marriage, who meets the rich but psychotic Bruno Anthony (played by Robert Walker) on a train. As the two men talk, Bruno discusses a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder. Suppose that he were to murder Guy’s wife, and Guy in exchange, were to kill Bruno’s father? With no identifiable motive for the crimes, the killings could not be traced back to the men.
The remake, simply titled ‘Strangers,’ will be set aboard a private plan with Affleck playing “a movie star–in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season–whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger.”
Affleck will produce ‘Strangers through Pearl Street, the production company he runs with Matt Damon.